Arsenal signs defenders Mari and Soares on permanent deals

Arsenal has also been linked with Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes, with Mikel Arteta looks for more defensive cover ahead of the Premier League campaign.

Arsenal's new Premier League campaign begins on September 12.   -  Getty Images

Arsenal has agreed permanent deals with defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares after their loan spells in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, the club said on its website on Monday.

Mari, 26, moved to the Premier League side in January from Flamengo, who he helped win the Brazilian Serie A title and Copa Libertadores last year.

The Spanish centre back played three times for Arsenal before his season was ended prematurely by an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old Portugal full back Soares, who initially joined on a short-term loan deal from Southampton, made five league appearances for Mikel Arteta's side last season.

Arsenal has been linked with Lille centre back Gabriel Magalhaes by British media as Arteta looks for more defensive cover ahead of the league campaign, which begins on September 12.

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